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Report: Most Common Diversity Practice Targets Underserved Students to Apply

Sometime during its 2015-2016 term the Supreme Court will be revisiting the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin case, in which a white woman accused the school of discriminating against her on the basis of her race. Against that background, a new research project has examined the diversity strategies employed at 338 non-profit four-year institutions. Researchers at the American Council on Education's (ACE) Center for Policy Research and Strategy (CPRS) found that six out of 10 of the "most selective" institutions consider race in admissions.

Regent Ed Software Supports Accounting for Competency-Based Programs

An education technology company has confirmed that its financial aid software can work in schools that offer non-typical enrollment models such as non-term and competency-based education.

New Rubric-Based Scoring API Aims To Evaluate Student Performance in Digital Lessons

A new application programming interface promises to enable education developers to introduce scoring analytics into simulations, games and other open-ended assessment items and digital learning objects.

Blackboard Learn Adds Caliper Analytics Certification

Blackboard's cloud-based learning management system, Blackboard Learn, has been certified as compliant with IMS Caliper standards.



Cloud IT Investments Still Rising

Public cloud investment is on a fast-track, private cloud spending is up, and non-cloud IT infrastructure spending is flat. That's the appraisal of International Data Corp. (IDC) in its "Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker."

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical U MOOC To Investigate Aviation Accidents

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide will be delivering a massive open online course on aircraft accident investigation at the end of the summer. Students will have the chance to try out their data collection skills in a virtual crash laboratory hosted by the Daytona Beach, FL-based institution.

4.5 Million-Victims Hit in UCLA Health Hack

The multi-site health division of the University of California Los Angeles suffered an attack that could infect as many as 4.5 million people.

Texas A&M and Texas CCs Team Up to Boost to Engineering Degrees

A Texas university and four community colleges are working together to draw students into engineering and keep them on track to graduation.

Texas A&M Mapping App Being Commercialized

Shortly, a new multi-touch, multi-map application created at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will be available commercially.

Report Proposes Changes for Educator Prep Programs

All students, particularly those with disabilities, would benefit from stronger licensure standards for teachers and principals, identification of key skills for new teachers and more rigorous educator preparation programs, according to a new report from the University of Florida and the Council of Chief State School Officers.